David W. McCormick was born in 1895 in England. He lived at 23 Lyndhurst Gardens, Liverpool Lancashire.
He engaged as Assistant Telegraphist in the Deck Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool, on the morning of 17th April 1915 just before the liner left Liverpool landing stage for the last time, to replace Telegraphist W.C. Ryan, who had failed to join. His previous ship had been the S.S. Warwickshire.
He survived the sinking three weeks later.
Second cabin passenger survivor Ernest S. Cowper, writing a year afterwards about the part played in the disaster by Bosun John Davies, in
The New York Times Magazine, stated :-
He worked the forward falls on the lifeboats which got away from the starboard side, and smoked as he did it. He was assisted by two boyish-looking well groomed wireless operators, who, catching John Davies’ spirit perhaps, pulled out their cigarettes and smoked as they worked the after falls with him. They were drowned.
These “boyish-looking well groomed wireless operators” were obviously David McCormick, who was aged 20 at the time and Robert Leith, who was hardly “boyish-looking” at 30 years of age. Cowper was also wrong about their respective fates, as both survived.
On his eventual return to Liverpool, David McCormick was officially discharged from his service on the Lusitania and paid the balance of wages owing to him.
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